Why? French-Chinese fare on Market. In the space formerly occupied by Mecca, you can get French faves like beef tartare or traditional Chinese dishes like dumplings in chili sauce.
In other words, imagine going to a classy place in the wealthy business center of Pudong in Shanghai. The sleek space looks like everything will cost a fortune, but -- unlike in Shanghai -- the prices here are surprisingly reasonable. They do good dim sum, too.
Pudong 2029 Market St. PHONE: 415-252-0700 SITE: pudongsf.com
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Why? VIP treatment for your taste buds. From the same gang who brought us Beretta, which set a new standard for quality-casual food and cocktails in this city, Starbelly gives every dish the star treatment in an open, bright space. Try the flan-like liver pate or the wild mushroom and marscapone risotto to start before moving into familiar but inventive mains like pizza, a burger, or bavette steak. End on a sweet note with the pot de crème.